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Northern California Beach Resorts

Discussion in 'US - Western States Timesharing' started by LAinDallas, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. LAinDallas

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    Hello all,
    Wondering if there are any northern California beach resorts that are good to visit. I've heard the water is cold in northern Cali, but we're looking to take the family up there next summer. Any recommendations? Wanting to be close enough to visit friends and family in San Fran and Morgan Hill.
     
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    The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Avila Beach. I haven't stayed there, but it's a beautiful area. Won't be all that close to San Francisco though.

    There are also a few timeshares in the Carmel area. Not on the beach, but again a beautiful area.

    Coastal California is going to be difficult to get during the summer.

    And yes, the water in northern California is cold.
     
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    http://tug2.com/tsmaps/TimeshareMaps.html


    You can start here then go to the TUG resort data base to learn what Tuggers are saying about the different resorts. You will have to join TUG to see the reviews but it's only $15 and worth every penny.

    If you can't or don't want to join you can check reviews on Trip Advisor also.
     
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    Almost as cold as the water in SoCal! ;)

    Nah, not quite, but the water off of all California is cold (at least in my view).

    But, I think you are right about Avila Beach being the only TS the coastal area questioned, but I think it's more central rather than northern CA, isn't it? :shrug:
     
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    (shows how much I know about that part of the state! :eek: )
     
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    Not only is the water cold, but the area is cold as well. We were in SF on Saturday and it was 62 degrees. It wasn't foggy (although it certainly can be in the summer) it was clear, sunny and 62 degrees.

    I would forget about a beach vacation - I'd stay in a nice timeshare in San Francisco and enjoy all that San Francisco has to offer. I like the Worldmark and the Wyndham best - they are the newest.

    If you really want a beach day - drive down to the Santa Cruz boardwalk for the day. About 90 min. if you avoid commute time. You could visit your friends in Morganhill on the way back from Santa Cruz.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Worldmark Marina Dunes.
     
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    Oh, yep, that's another one. Isn't that up in Monterrey area?

    That's probably as far north as one can find a TS along the CA coast, right?
     
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    Pine Acres Lodge
    1150 Jewell Ave.
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
    Phone: 831-372-6651
    RCI: 0455
    II: PNA

    WorldMark Marina Dunes
    3295 Dunes Drive
    Marina, CA 93933
    Phone: 831-883-9478
    RCI: 5799
    II: WDU

    Highlands Inn, A Hyatt Vacation Club Resort
    120 Highlands Drive
    Carmel, CA 93923
    Phone: 831-620-1234
    II: HYI

    GEVC at Lighthouse Pointe
    22900 Shoreline Highway 1
    PO Box 154
    Point Årena, CA 95468
    Phone: 707/882-2440
    RCI: 8771
     
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    620 Lighthouse Ave
    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
     
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    Awesome map

    I'll have to join soon. Next thing on my list. But that map is great! Thank you for sharing.
     
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    It will my first time to Cali and the wife wants a beach vacation next summer. I guess I'll have to look real hard or find a decent rental.
     
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    That's what I might do. That beach looks like fun, especially that boardwalk.
     
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    Resort

    Wow! Lots of options. Thanks for sharing everyone.
     
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    I know a lot less :)
     
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    Yeah, but I sort of live in California (occasionally)!!! :eek: :doh:
     
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    There are a couple of resorts on/near a beach in Tahoe in case it doesn't have to be an ocean beach.
     
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    The properties listed were from the map, perhaps near scenic coastal vistas, but for a "beach vacation" I would be looking 400-500 miles south
     
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    Good luck with that. :D We took a beach vacation with our dds quite a few years back. Anywhere you stay on the coast during the summer is going to be expensive. We were doing hotels as we didn't stay anywhere more than a night or two. So, if you're going to stay in one location for a week or more you might be able to find better pricing. But start looking early.
     
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    That's some advice I see every where on here: look early. That's why I'm trying to do my homework now. I've looked on DAE, Redweek, and even TUG and don't see any rentals or exchanges for that far out though.
     
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    And I thought Texas was big! Sheesh. I agree. The beachy areas seem closer to SoCal. But Santa Cruz looks like fun.
     
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    Santa Cruz is a good day trip for kids, but it has no timeshares.
     
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    Haven't been there since the late 70's, the coaster was rickety back then -
    In the Winter the Surf can be legendary there

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavericks_(location)
     
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    Check out Southern Ca.

    I think that Rent Share's advice to look 400 miles south is a good one. If your wife wants a classic beach vacation (warm sunny weather where you can lay in the sun...), then you really should be looking south. SF can be quite cool at times in the summer and being fogged in for much of the day is not unusual either. SF is a great place to go to wineries.

    San Diego has a number of timeshares and rentals on or near the beach. Newport Coast is a nice area also. But there are tons of other beach communities in Southern Ca.

    Don't bother coming to Ca. in May, June or early July unless you don't mind the moderate chance that it will be overcast on the coast. On the coast it is real common to have "May gray" or "June Gloom". Actually Sept after the kids are back in school can be sunny, delightful and sometimes the ocean is even warm enough to swim in comfortably (like maybe 70 to 72 degrees).

    A couple day trip to Catalina Island could also be memorable. :cheer:
     
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    This is great advice. I was just coming back to suggest you ask your wife what a "beach vacation" means to her. If it means warm water, sun, and being able to swim in the ocean, then you definitely don't want northern California.

    But, if she just wants to be on the coast, then that opens up your choices a lot.
     

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